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[kin] /kɪn/
noun
1.
a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk.
2.
family relationship or kinship.
3.
a group of persons descended from a common ancestor or constituting a family, clan, tribe, or race.
4.
a relative or kinsman.
5.
someone or something of the same or similar kind:
philosophy and its kin, theology.
adjective
6.
of the same family; related; akin.
7.
of the same kind or nature; having affinity.
Idioms
8.
of kin, of the same family; related; akin:
Although their surnames are identical they are not of kin.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English cyn; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German kunni, Old Norse kyn, Gothic kuni; akin to Latin genus, Greek génos, Sanskrit jánas. See gender
Related forms
kinless, adjective
Can be confused
ken, kin, kith.

-kin

1.
a diminutive suffix of nouns:
lambkin.
Origin
Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German -ken; cognate with German -chen
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  • Fascinating that qualities of its blood let it soar higher than many of its kin.
  • In the first part, she offers advice to adults troubled by relations with parents, siblings and other kin.
  • Acknowledging relatives in this way is an example of kin recognition.
  • The pioneer primatologist travels the globe to speak up for the captive and orphaned kin of wild chimpanzees.
  • Cleopatra and her kin knew a thing or two about crafting an alluring smoky eye.
  • Names are released only after the next of kin has been notified.
  • Living alone with only a few much valued friends and kin to bother me is heaven.
  • While trouble crops up continually for Lucy and her kin, they sail through nearly unscathed.
  • He asked them to study the disease that plagued his kin.
  • Joey runs away to find his only true kin, his black-sheep older cousin Beau, a drunken drifter.
British Dictionary definitions for kin

kin

/kɪn/
noun
1.
a person's relatives collectively; kindred
2.
a class or group with similar characteristics
3.
adjective
4.
(postpositive) related by blood
5.
a less common word for akin
Word Origin
Old English cyn; related to Old Norse kyn family, Old High German kind child, Latin genus kind

-kin

suffix
1.
small: lambkin
Word Origin
from Middle Dutch, of West Germanic origin; compare German -chen
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Word Origin and History for kin
n.

c.1200, from Old English cynn "family; race; kind, sort, rank; nature; gender, sex," from Proto-Germanic *kunjam "family" (cf. Old Frisian kenn, Old Saxon kunni, Old Norse kyn, Old High German chunni "kin, race;" Danish and Swedish kön, Middle Dutch, Dutch kunne "sex, gender;" Gothic kuni "family, race," Old Norse kundr "son," German Kind "child"), from PIE *gen(e)- "to produce" (see genus).

-kin

diminutive suffix, first attested late 12c. in proper names adopted from Flanders and Holland, probably from Middle Dutch -kin, properly a double-diminutive, from -k + -in. Equivalent to German -chen. Also borrowed in Old French as -quin, where it usually has a bad sense.

This suffix, which is almost barren in French, has been more largely developed in the Picard patois, which uses it for new forms, such as verquin, a shabby little glass (verre); painequin, a bad little loaf (pain); Pierrequin poor little Pierre, &c. ["An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language," transl. G.W. Kitchin, Oxford, 1878]
Used in later Middle English with common nouns. In some words it is directly from Dutch or Flemish.

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kissing cousin


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